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The Dark Crystal

HD   PG Closed Captioning


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About the Movie

Enjoy incredible footage from the Henson archives in THE DARK CRYSTAL. Travel back in time to the faraway planet of Thra. Cheer on the Mystics as they fight to overthrow the evil Skeksis and take back control of their planet! When Jen, a member of the Gelfling tribe, sets out to find the crystal's missing shard, his dangerous journey brings him face to face with monsters at every turn. Determined to restore peace to their planet, Jen will not back down! From the brilliant imagination of Jim Henson, this masterpiece of animation recounts the timeless tale of good vs. evil and has become a cult favorite of children and grown-ups alike!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 34
  • Fresh: 25
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The screenplay by David Odell, based on a story by Mr. Henson, is without any narrative drive whatever. It's without charm as well as interest. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: A children's fantasy film so enjoyable, imaginative and devoid of cuteness that you want to shake the hand of each individual member of the huge team of collaborators. – John Engstrom, Boston Globe, Apr 27, 2018

Fresh: You have to love a fantasy whose greatest peril is the Bog of Eternal Stench. – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A wonderfully invented world full of characters that transcend their puppet limitations thanks to the energy and creativity of the Jim Hansen and Frank Oz team of puppeteers and voice actors – Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Groundbreaking Landmark in Film-Making History!

Directos Jim Henson and Frank Oz are responsible for this: the first live action movie, with no live action actors in it at all! The Dark Crystal is a great movie. You might have to watch it more than once to get the ideas behind what led up to the beginning of the movie, but otherwise one of the best movies I've ever seen before!

Oh, wow....

When I watched this...oh man, it's AMAZING!!! The puppets are imagitive, and it's really AWESOME! WHATCH IT! NOW!

An underrated masterpiece...

"The Dark Crystal" was released in Decmber 17, 1982 to mostly good reviews and modest box-office success. It was noted by many for its groundbreaking use of animatronic creatures (without a single human being ever appearing onscreen) for its cast. Now, it has mostly been forgotten by the public, but thankfully lives on with a strong cult following. It's a spectacular journey of responsibility, fantasy and adventure. Another great thing about the film besides its engaging story, beautiful cinematography and amazing animatronics is its musical score by Trevor Jones, which adds more depth and epicness to the visuals. It's very dark at times, particulary with the awesome and sometimes terrifying Skeksis and Garthim, but still has a true sense of wonder. Because of this, it continues to be one of my favorite movies of all time. Thumbs way WAY Up.

The Dark Crystal
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 1982

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